Bus journey times decrease after car ban reintroduction

Bus journey times decrease after car ban reintroduction

August 9 marked the first day of the second attempt of the Patrick Street car ban from 3pm until 6.30pm each day. A new report by City Hall into the impact of the bus priority measure shows positive trends across the board for the first six weeks of the scheme. Picture: Damian Coleman

BUS journey times have decreased by as much as 30% since the introduction of the car ban on Patrick Street in early August.

The measures were reintroduced on August 9 after an unsuccessful effort earlier this year.

A new report by City Hall into the impact of the bus priority measure shows positive trends across the board for the first six weeks of the scheme.

Pedestrian footfall has increased, improving 18% from August 16-19, 2018, in comparison to the same weekend in 2017.

More recently, and despite poor weather, footfall from September 6-9 was 12.8% higher than the corresponding weekend last year.

There has also been an increase in the number of people parking in Paul Street and North Main Street multi-storey car parks.

A 12% increase was recorded over the first week of the reintroduced bus priority lane on Patrick Street, with activity increasing by 9% to 17% in the weeks since when compared with the same weeks last year.

This increase came during the city’s parking promotions, which offered half-price parking at the facilities.

The park and ride service, which was extended onto Patrick Street from August 9, saw an increase of approximately 10% in passenger numbers in the first week of the changes, according to the report. Since, daily passenger numbers are up 23% on the same period last year.

Initial indications from Bus Éireann show a 30% decrease in journey times for the services using Patrick Street.

“It is too early to assess long-term impact on passenger numbers, although early indications are positive,” the report added.

Officials at the roads department in City Hall also added that consultants have been appointed for the design and implementation of the next phases of the City Centre Movement Strategy.

Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the strategy focus on the quays and the MacCurtain Street area and include a reintroduced two-way system on MacCurtain Street, as well as enhanced pedestrian, cycle and bus facilities along the quays.

Preliminary designs are due to be completed in the coming weeks, officials added.

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